Donald Glover put rumors to bed about his decision to retire Childish Gambino after his fourth and final album during an interview at the 2018 Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 28.
Glover confirmed rumors that he will be retiring his work as Childish Gambino when asked about his future plans during the backstage interviews at the Grammys. The rapper said that he stands by his announcement in June that he would retire after he completes his final studio album, which is already in the works.
"I stand by that. I'm really appreciative of this. I'm making another project right now. But I like endings, I think they're important to progress," Glover said.
The Atlanta star won his first Grammy Award on Sunday night's ceremony for Best Traditional R&B Performance for his track "Redbone. " The song got picked for best R&B song and for best record of the year. His album Awaken, My Love was also nominated for Best Album and Best Urban Contemporary Album of the year.
Fans would think that the musician would want to continue making music after he received his first Grammy win. However, the songwriter is firm on his decision to retire Childish Gambino.
"I think if a lot of things had death clauses in them, we wouldn't have a lot of problems in the world, to be honest. I think ending are good because they force things to get better," Glover added.
Last June, the 34-year-old California native announced his plans to retire his moniker during his performance at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City. He talked about his upcoming album being his final album. Glover also surprised fans last week when he announced his decision to leave long-time partner Glassnote Records for a new partnership with RCA Records.
Ahead of the backstage interview at the Grammy Awards, Glover took to the stage during the ceremony for a performance of "Terrified." He sang alongside the 9-year old J.D. McCrary, whom he costars with in the animated reboot of the Lion King. Glover will lend his voice for the main role of Simba and McCrary as the young Simba.
Perhaps Glover's decision to retire Childish Gambino is a good move for his film and TV career. He can put more time on making and writing shows, especially since he already made a name for himself in the TV industry. He won an Emmy for directing and acting in his acclaimed FX series Atlanta.